Stevenage vs Crystal Palace U21 Match Analysis & Prediction
14/11/2023 10:00 pm
The two teams at the bottom of Group C of the EFL Trophy Southern Section will meet on Tuesday night, with League One side Stevenage hosting Crystal Palace U21.
Neither side can progress to the second round of the competition, with Wycomber Wanderers and AFC Wimbledon already securing their spots in the next stage from this section.
Stevenage have made an impressive start to the 2023-24 League One campaign, picking up 29 points from their opening 17 league matches, which has left them in fifth spot in the division.
Boro will enter this contest off the back of three straight wins, including a 4-3 victory over Tranmere Rovers in the first round of the FA Cup, with Port Vale or Burton Albion set to be their opponents in the second round of the competition at the start of December.
Steve Evans’ side also claimed a narrow 1-0 victory over Wycombe in League One on Saturday, with the result making it five matches unbeaten across all competitions.
As aforementioned, Stevenage cannot progress in this competition, sitting third in the section on one point from two games, beating AFC Wimbledon on penalties in their section opener before suffering a 1-0 defeat to Wycombe last time out in the tournament.
Evans’ side are four points behind second-placed AFC Wimbledon, with Palace U21 at the bottom of the section on zero points, losing both of their matches in Group C.
Palace opened their campaign with a narrow 1-0 defeat at Wycombe on September 19 before losing 2-0 to AFC Wimbledon last time out, with the result eliminating them from the competition.
Darren Powell’s side will enter this contest off the back of a 4-2 defeat to Ipswich Town U21 on Friday in the Premier League Cup.
However, the Eagles have won their last two matches in the Premier League 2 against West Bromwich Albion U21 and Leeds United U 21, with a total of nine points from eight matches leaving them in 16th place in the table.
Stevenage vs. Crystal Palace U21 Head to head
This will be the first meeting between these two teams.
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Stevenage Team News
Elliott List was an unused substitute against Wycombe, but the 26-year-old is expected to be given the nod in the final third of the field for Stevenage here.
There should also be a place between the posts for Krisztian Hegyi, while Nathan Thompson is set to feature at the back on Tuesday.
Stevenage's Last 5 Matches
21/10/2023Stevenage0Port Vale0League One
24/10/2023Bristol Rovers1Stevenage1League One
28/10/2023Stevenage3Derby County1League One
04/11/2023Stevenage4Tranmere Rovers3FA Cup
11/11/2023Wycombe Wanderers0Stevenage1League One
Crystal Palace U21 Team News
The Palace side is expected to be similar to the one that started against AFC Wimbledon in the last game in this competition, with Franco Umeh likely to be introduced in the final third of the field.
The highly-rated Malcolm Ebiowei is set to receive more minutes, with the 20-year-old aiming to catch the attention of first-team head coach Roy Hodgson.
Crystal Palace U21's Last 5 Matches
24/10/2023Crystal Palace U213Monaco U211Premier League International Cup
30/10/2023Crystal Palace U213West Bromwich Albion U210Premier League 2
03/11/2023Leeds United U211Crystal Palace U217Premier League 2
07/11/2023AFC Wimbledon2Crystal Palace U210EFL Trophy
10/11/2023Crystal Palace U212Ipswich Town U214Premier League Cup
Stevenage vs. Crystal Palace U21: Odds and Predictions
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